Sunday, November 29, 2009

Illegal medical waste poses serious health problems

By Nomava Nobumba
29 November 2009

Authorities have warned that the persons responsible for dumping raw medical waste in the back yard of a factory in Welkom in the Free State could face a fine up to ten million rands.

It has been reported that some 300 tons of bloody swabs, body parts, filthy bandages, used needles, vials and discarded pills was found buried, making it the Green Scorpions biggest medical waste discovery to date.

The dumping poses serious health risks including ground water and bore-hole contamination, and the spread of hepatitis and HIV.

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